It all goes back to the Founders insisting on NO state bank and no state religion! Nothing has changed in 200+ years or a thousand years or more, even if the newest editions think we are so much smarter then everyone that came before. Funny how the term pyramid scheme keeps coming up over and over in fiscal discussions. I think it sums up our predicament pretty well. The promise of wealth for all and greater prosperity, etc,etc,
To me, it is the same tactic used in religion. Money, labor, devotion flow to the top of the pyramid in the "hope" of something in return. Usually enriching the ones at the top of the pyramid. For more on this see, the Pope, the Bakers, Oral Roberts, Mit Romney, and on and on in various forms and success rates.
The masses have power, but they are lurching to and fro wielding it. Chasing every rainbow out there.